Sky Guide wins Apple Design Award

Sky Guide -Apple Design Award 2014

At this years WWDC 2014, Apple awarded Sky Guide an Apple Design Award!

As well as a demonstration of the app on stage and presentation of the special cubic trophy (made from solid unobtanium and glows when you touch it), Apple featured Fifth Star Labs on their site.

Sky Guide -Apple Design Award 2014

Apple App Store Badge

I was lucky enough to be involved with another Apple Design Award winner, the excellent game Osmos by Hemisphere Games, which also features my music as High Skies.

Sky Guide gives you Predator vision

Sky Guide -wavelengths

A recent update to Sky Guide boosts your superhuman powers to let you see in different wavelengths, from x-ray to microwave.
The above pic shows you three different iPhone screens; The first shows the sky with a hydrogen alpha filter (exclusive photography by Fifth Star Labs own Nick Risinger); the third shows the sky in x-ray wavelength; and the middle one displays both at the same time via the loupe.

Sky Guide -wavelengths 2

Further wavelengths showing the visible, infrared and microwave spectrums.
The example images are displaying the same patch of sky for comparison, and each wavelength covers the whole sky and can be rotated and swiped as normal. Note how they gives us different information, building up a fuller picture than any one spectrum.

INSTRUCTIONS
1 In the top right example, the spectrum is set to X-Ray; tap-hold the display to bring up the loupe (middle image).

2 Rotate the loupe’s nib to switch between spectrums. Here we’ve settled on hydrogen alpha.

3 You can change the size of the loupe by dragging its edge.

4 Tap away from the loupe to dismiss it, or in this case, expand with a smooth swipe to make it fullscreen.

5 Tap the ‘i’ button for an article about the current wavelength.

6 To get back to the more usual visible spectrum, tap-hold to bring up another loupe and switch it to ‘visible’.

Odessa, a short film, music by High Skies

Odessa, a short film by Cidney Hue, with music by High Skies.

BEST Narrative Short – Chain NYC Film Festival 2013
BEST Director of a Short – Chain NYC Film Festival 2013
BEST Sci-Fi Short – Atlantic City Cinefest/Downbeach Film Festival 2013

After a year of film festivals, Odessa, is now available to view in full and download on Vimeo and YouTube.

Music: High Skies – The Earth at Night

More info at odessathefilm.com

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Osmos Inuktitut

Osmos 2.3 for iOS update with 4 new achievements and multi-language support for French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, English and Inuktitut!

Inuktitut is the Inuit language spoken in northern Canada in all areas north of the tree line. Although there are some similarities with Martian, these are mostly superficial.

More info on the work behind the Inuktitut project on the Hemisphere site…

High Skies – Forecast Fire – video

High Skies – Forecast Fire
Time lapse photography courtesy of ESO (C Malin, B Tafreshi, S Guisard, José Francisco).
Photography from the Paranal Observatory in Chile.

High Skies – Sounds of Earth is now available in Flac format for the first time from our new shop…

We’ve just completed videos for all the tracks on the ‘High Skies – Sounds of Earth’ release and will be posting a new video every week.

1 Au Début du Voyage
2 The Shape of Things to Come
3 Voyage en Argent
4 Forecast Fire
5 The Earth at Night (next week)
6 Sounds of Earth (one week)

High Skies – Au Début du Voyage – video

High Skies – Au Début du Voyage.
Using actual moon flyover footage created by JAXA (used by kind permission)
We’ve just completed videos for all the tracks on the ‘High Skies – Sounds of Earth’ release and will be posting a new video every Monday.

1 Au Début du Voyage
2 The Shape of Things to Come (coming next Monday)
3 …

High Skies – The World Forgotten

High Skies - The World Forgotten

New music from High Skies, The World Forgotten.

Music specially written for the Silk experience, which you can visit to hear the music in full.

Eight minutes of ballerina-like pure analogue synths, gentle soundwaves lapping over the tape echo. Equipment used: Roland Space Echo, Roland Jupiter 6, ARP Odyssey and the Akai S612 vintage sampler. No MIDI.

Available now on iTunes and Amazon

Silk for the web

Silk, a new High Skies project with programmer and creator Yuri Vishnevsky.

It’s based on our iPad app of the same name, but has been updated and is available for your browser. It’s still in beta and uses experimental HTML5 code so it won’t work on all browsers, but I can confirm it does work on Chrome and Safari 6, possibly Firefox. Other browsers such as IE and Mobile Safari (ipad) may be missing features such as music.

Music is ‘High Skies – The World Forgotten‘ specially written for the experience.
Music available now on iTunes and Amazon

Equipment used: Roland Space Echo, Roland Jupiter 6, ARP Odyssey, Akai S612, no MIDI.

It’s also won an award from Adobe

Give it a whirl now… new.weavesilk.com